Alberto Costa, MP for South Leicestershire, has welcomed an additional £11 million being provided to Leicestershire Police next year as part of the Government’s increase to police budgets.
Last year, the Government committed £400 million to police forces across the country in order to recruit 20,000 new police officers by 2023. Leicestershire Police has already recruited an extra 89 officers since December last year.
Alberto said, “Officers and staff at Leicestershire Police have been instrumental in keeping our communities safe this year, and I am delighted that our local police will receive this very welcome boost to their funding which will allow them to continue their excellent work. The Government has been very clear on its promise to get more officers onto the streets and to ensure that the police have all they need to keep us safe, and I am proud to see them delivering on this promise”.
The Home Secretary, The Rt. Hon Priti Patel MP, added, “We have asked more of the police than ever before during the coronavirus pandemic – the British people and I are extremely grateful for their dedication. I am absolutely committed to giving the police the resources they need; this funding package delivers on that. It will allow us to continue to put more police on the streets and reduce crime as we build back safer from the pandemic”.